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  • Multi-Fuel: Reliably burns more liquid fuels than any other stove.
  • Dependable: Easy to field maintain; Shaker Jet cleans fuel jet with a simple shake
  • Compact: New flexible fuel line allows stove to fit in a 1.5-liter MSR pot.
  • Superfast: Boils 1 liter of water in just 2.8 minutes (using kerosene fuel).
  • Extra stable: New retractable legs and pot supports provide unprecedented stability.
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FEATURES of the MSR XGK EX Stove Burns white gas, kerosene, diesel, jet fuel, aviation gas and unleaded auto gas Shaker Jet technology and unique fuel delivery ensure the cleanest burn possible with minimal maintenance regardless of fuel Rugged Build: Engineered for exceptional stability and lasting durability Fast: A snow-melting and water-boiling powerhouse, boiling water in as little as 2.8 minutes

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  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 5 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00E1I5804
  • Item model number: MSR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,134 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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I really hate 5 star reviews, there's no such thing as a perfect product, I've used this stove for the past ten years and I can tell you this, it comes pretty darn close.

First the GOOD:
* Very strong boiling power.
* Pretty light weight.
* Burns every fuel you'll encounter during those high tracks.
* Very reliable, I have the repair kit but never needed it. Also never had to take it apart.
* Parts and service is always around the corner or a click away.
* Internal cleaning mechanism (Shaker Needle), very rarely you have to take it apart, when it gets clogged, just shake it and the cleaning needle hidden under the main jet does most of the work for you.

Now the (not so) BAD:
* The wind protector is just a heavy gauge aluminum foil.
* Flame control is problematic, it's basically either full power or off.
* Need to change jets for some fuels.
* Pump assembly is made from plastic, it's still in one piece but it feels unreliable.

One more thing, I don't consider this a minus since all liquid stoves have this problem (except the SOTO Muka) and that's noise, they all sound like a jet engine running 3 feet from you.

UPDATE 1/30/2014:
I see there are a few solutions for the stoves excessive noise. Here is one "Silent-Damper-Camping-Backpacking-Stove", and another one here: "QUIETSTOVE SILENT DAMPER".
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The MSR-XGK EX stove burns like a jet engine. Yes, it is noisy. It will burn various fuels, including: diesel, kerosene, gasoline, and more. I've been using mine with gasoline at the moment. With no experience with this stove, I followed the included instructions, set it up, and had it operating in just a few minutes. Others have mentioned that the plastic pressure pump might be light duty. I found the pump to work fine. (The plunger does seem a little flimsy, but if you pay attention and use it properly it should go the distance.) The priming is easy, and once the unit is warmed up it burns with a blue flame. Have long matches or a good lighter to reach into the burn zone for initial ignition. Using the valve at the bottle, it's not really possible to control the heat. Don't plan on doing any gentle simmering. However, it will bring your pot to a boil in a hurry.

It comes with a nylon bag to keep everything neatly contained. There are two heat shields, one for beneath the stove, one to wrap around. The wrap around one is a bit unruly until you use it a few times (bring a clip with you to join the ends). There is also a little service kit that will come in handy for changing jets, cleaning, etc.

I put a two litre pot nearly full of water on this stove (from the Alpinist 2 System), and the unit was rock solid. The legs and pot holders are well built giving a stable platform to do your cooking. After cool down, breakdown is simple. I keep a small brush in my kit to whisk away small amounts of soot that may be there in an effort to keep things as tidy as possible. The less mess, the better for any piece of equipment.

This stove meets all the critical criteria for my hiking/survival kit.
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BLUF: The XGK is no longer the king of the expedition stoves - technology has moved on and competing multi-fuel stoves in the same price (Optimus Nova/Nova plus) are simply better values. The XGK works fine; but why put up with its many anachronisms?

Understand that the XGK is targeted at people who need true multi-fuel capability (military, global travelers, expeditions, etc.), rugged dependability, and who do not worry about any flame setting other than maximum heat output. If you do not envision the requirement [emphasis on requirement] to burn diesel, JP-8, or kerosene in your stove: the XGK is probably not your best bet. Also, to get multi-fuel capability out of the XGK, you have to change jets- this is a very simple thing to do, but it does mean that your stove reliability is totally dependent upon retaining two small, threaded brass parts (the fuel jets) - loose one in the field and there goes your multi-fuel capability.

This stove is not designed for gourmet food preparation - it runs at two-speed off and "blow torch". This works well for people preparing simple fare or melting water, but simmer is very difficult to manage. People complain about the noise of the XGK, but any pressurized fuel stove running full out will be noisy. Plan your cooking accordingly.

The not so good points... I own an old XGK and I am not impressed with the overall build quality of the new XGKs: many parts are simply not as well built (e.g. the plastic fuel pump, the contraption legs etc.). Some claim the plastic MSR fuel pump is better/safer - LOL! Most fires come from fuel spills and the XGK will definitely spill a small amount of fuel when you disconnect the pump. People who dislike the smell of kerosene or diesel take note of this last point.
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